[LM022169], Letter from Charles Patterson Bruch to Ezra Torrance Gilliland, September 25th, 1888


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[LM022169], Letter from Charles Patterson Bruch to Ezra Torrance Gilliland, September 25th, 1888

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"Upon receipt of your telegram quoting price on the “Edith,” I called upon Mr. Sidenburg and gave him the figures, adding the brokers commission of 5%,--He came to us through a broker. He is a Jew, but a very gentlemanly and apparently a very “square” one—the head of the importing house of G. Sidenberg & Co.—who are raited by Dun “A.A.1.”—He said that he considered the amount reasonably, but is not prepared to decide at present. He has not determined yet whether to build a new boat or to buy a second-and one which he can run for a year or two until he has had more experience and knows exactly what he wants. If the second-hand boat can be had low enough, he thinks it would be better to buy one. If the difference is not very great, he would prefer to build, and then if not suited with his boat or tired of her, he could sell at a price that would not entail so much loss. He has had other boats offered him—one in Philadelphia, of which he showed me description (100 ft. long, iron hull, two years old, $6000.00) will communicate with us again in regard to “Edith” if he desires to buy her after looking further. She suits him better than anything he has yet seen. ### I said that you were not by any means anxious to sell, but would be willing to do so if you could get a fair price, because your plans are such that you may not need her, and that a boat fitted for protracted cruising would be better adapted to your purpose, and left the matter in such shape that it can be reopened when you return if you wish.-- ### I sent you a letter by steamer sailing this morning. This should go tomorrow morning. I omitted to say in yesterday’s letter that Mr. Lippincott says he is having some complications to deal with in the Pacific coast mater because McLaughlin has assigned his contract with you. ### I have learned nothing new in the Edison matter. Mr. Insull is going back to Schnectady tomorrow—is at the Laboratory today. ### Maguire and Genl. Raum have been using your table on which to draw up some legal looking papers, that probably relate to the phonograph, as the General inquired your first name. I am careful not to leave anything about that will give them any information—and am on my guard against any “pumping” process that they may attempt. ### I shall now continue to write whenever there is anything worth mentioning until I hear from you that you have started home. You will doubtless make arrangements for having mail forwarded. ### With kind regards for Mrs. Gilliland and the young ladies, I am" Very truly yours, Chas. P. Bruch




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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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